Understanding the factors that determined the 2016 election will require time and deep analysis. But Susan Bordo contributes to that understanding with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, how the right and left vilified and brought down "an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate" through a combination of smears and misogyny. She compares the treatment of … Continue reading Did Hillary Lose Because of Misogyny?
They still believe in the cause of equality and are thinking of new strategies to reach working class white women of a younger generation than Hillary Clinton. NYT: Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, cites a poll commissioned from Lake Research Partners conducted on the eve of the election. It found that 59 … Continue reading Feminism Lost 2016 Election. Now What?
Calls to "repeal the 19th Amendment," which gave women the right to vote in 1920, remarkably became a trending topic online and Twitter hashtag during the 2016 election after political analyst Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com reported that Trump would win almost every state if only men voted. Snopes.com scoffed at the notion that the Twitter … Continue reading Misogyny Continues Online
Samantha Bee: "Democrats might feel lost in the woods, but they're ignoring an obvious trail of breadcrumbs." Is this the end of the gender gap, the "women's vote," feminism as a political movement that has appeal beyond a relatively narrow faction of progressives? Electing a woman president, "breaking the glass ceiling," does not seem to … Continue reading Majority of White Women Voted for Trump
Update: this turned out to be off-base. Trump won college-educated white voters, especially men. Turnout was not necessarily a crucial factor, as more people voted than in 2012, except in Pennsylvania and possibly Wisconsin. The "up-for-grabs" educated white voters who usually voted Republican stayed loyal to the party. Blame Trump's Victory on College-Educated Whites, Not the … Continue reading Profile of the American Voter
We have to give Donald Trump credit. He has offered so many teachable moments about misogyny and other prejudices in this campaign. His bigotry toward Mexicans, Muslims, African Americans, and long history of objectifying women, have been exposed -- we see him evaluating women as if they were livestock, making humiliating comments about their appearance, … Continue reading Teachable Moments About Misogyny and Other Prejudices
http://time.com/4258976/disliking-hillary-clinton/ Hillary: the Candidate of Mature, Responsible People Looking for Logic, Not Passion Hillary is Fundamentally Honest (Kevin Drum in the Rolling Stone), spinning off a piece by Jill Abramson in The (UK) Guardian. Politifact, a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization, gives Clinton the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/20/opinions/why-the-hate-for-hillary-clinton-opinion-parini/ https://www.creators.com/read/connie-schultz/04/16/same-misogyny-different-season … Continue reading Hillary’s Double Bind, by Deborah Tannen